The power of the gut flora to effect ones health seems to have no limit. Every study that roles out proves the same thing; the gut is the fulcrum of human health.
There was a recent study of particular significance that I’m excited to share with you. It could save your life. In April of 2017 researchers in Germany found striking evidence that heart failure and a depletion of intestinal bacteria are directly related.
The Study at a Glance
This was not a study performed on mice. The German Centre For Cardiovascular Disease performed remarkable research on human beings. They took a control group that was healthy and collected stool samples.
Then, they took the stool of those deceased from heart failure. These stool samples were studied carefully for their bacterial composition. As they studied the stool they found that the patients with heart failure had an extremely low amount of gut bacteria.
The results were not slight and thus revealed a substantial difference between healthy subjects and those who had died from heart failure. However, how do we know that the study was foolproof?
These German scientists were incredible in their research. The control group and the test group both were from the same region, reasonably similar diets (standard European diet), similar medications, and had no diseases that would effect the Gut Flora.
Also, they were matched in their Body Mass Index, age and gender. With all of them in the same area there was nothing environmentally that could have dramatically impacted the gut flora. Also, none of the Heart Failure or control groups had had antibiotic treatments in the previous three months or probiotic treatments.
This means that this study was about as good as it gets when it comes to information gathering. To find that the gut composition was so different between the two groups is striking evidence as to the importance of a healthy gut.
How Gut Flora Effects The Heart
It’s been long studied that Heart Failure is directly related to gut flora composition. This study only confirms the dozens of studies before it. However, there is something fascinating about this correlation.
One of the striking truths from this body of research is that patients with Heart Failure more times than not have Leaky Gut (1). Much of the research points to not only a low diversity of gut flora but gut wall permeability.
The issue is that when you have a gut wall that isn’t functioning properly food stuffs and other bacteria “leak” into the body. This causes more problems than one. Yet, one of the standout issues is inflammation.
Once these bacteria and food particles make their way into your blood stream your body turns on its defense mechanisms. One of those major mechanisms is inflammation. Rushing blood to specific areas allows the white blood cells to pour to infected tissues.
The issue is that when this happens in your arteries you have major complications. As the arteries constrict because of inflammation they restrict blood flow. If ,on top of that, you have congestion of those pathways from plaque you’ve created a recipe for disaster.
What Can You Do?
If you have a history of heart failure in your family, like myself ,you may want to be more vigilant than others. Leaky Gut can be harmless for years. You may only see small symptoms like allergies or slight stomach pain. Little do you know what’s brewing under the surface.
If you have Leaky Gut I highly recommend my wife’s article on the subject. She thoroughly covers the disease and gives a powerful protocol for free to heal your gut. You can check that out here.
If you don’t know if you have Leak Gut but want to find out you should take our Gut Health Quiz. It has some questions that will get to the bottom of your condition and how you need to approach healing your gut. You can find that here.
What steps are you going to take to heal your gut? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I hope it inspired you to continue or even start your health journey!